Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Shut up!

I have been toying with the idea of asking my employers for a raise. I couldn't really come up with a good time, or justification, however. I have been there over six months now, but other than that, I mean - come on, I can practically do this job with my eyes closed.. I show up on time because that's the way I'm made, but there are no "set" hours for me. I leave when I want to, and take a day off now and then and I don't think anyone notices. And you know---because of these things, I have been bitching that no one notices or gives a damn about me, as long as I do the job. So, a normal person would think "HEY-I have it made". Nope, not me. I got my itty-bitty feelings hurt because I am not a go-to girl when the proverbial s**t hits the fan. I want to be the BIG guy, the one that makes the decisions. After all, that's what I am accustomed to. I am used to driving home in the dark, working more than sixty hours a week, my head and heart heavy with issues, problems, deadlines, phone calls left unanswered, messages forgotten. Working so hard that there was no time, no space left in my head for anything else. WTFrench? Why would anyone ASK for that type of abuse? So, to get on with my story, I walked by oldest son's (Father, two equal sons---the owners) office yesterday, surprisingly it was like he was waiting for me to walk in. NOT on the phone, no one else waiting to see him. I promptly sat down and asked him if "they" were happy with my performance, and if so, I thought I deserved a raise. I ticked off the reasons that I believed that to be so, and then told him that should they decide that I did NOT deserve more money, that I was not the kind to get all mad or threaten to quit, that I was planning to stay there regardless. But I did say - if you feel that I am doing well enough here to deserve it, then please consider what I am asking. He asked how much I was thinking, and me - being the old car salesman that I am, went for a higher monthly bonus percentage than I knew I would ever get, thinking that if I got any kind of raise at all, it would be the number in the middle. And that would be awesome. See, I am paid a base salary each week, and then a percentage of the profit of the entire store at the end of each month. And I thought that him, being just as old a car salesman as I was, would barter for a lesser percentage. You know what? I got what I asked for...and never in a million years did I think that could happen. The amount of this raise is huge----depending on how much profit there is every month. I was literally in shock, and I have decided that I had better quit my complaining and bitching and negative thinking because I have known all along that this job came directly from God, I mean I knew it when I took it, I knew it every day when I dragged myself into that place. I know it now..it is made for me, a basically unhealthy, middle aged, hardly able to walk some days, menopausal sweaty woman. I know that God placed me there, and you can bet that I am grateful, and am now going to quit my bitching. Well, within reason. :)

12 comments:

Beth said...

damn girl!!!! YOU GO GIRL!!! now, ya gotta teach me how to do that! ;)

and Brodie...OMG...what a cutie!

Smocha said...

The first part of this post, I had to double check and make sure that wasn't my husband writing that. LOL

The second part, AWESOME! Now you must teach my husband how to be so bold :))

*Clink* congrats miss snazzy!

ac said...

I had no doubt how this story would end. :--) xo ac

SOUL: said...

how awesome for you. go celebrate !
mexican food, and B-E-E-R !

Maria said...

Good for you...and in a recession too!

Brad said...

That is fantastic and I'm not one bit surprised. I'm glad they can see a good thing when it's right in front of them.

No worries though, something will come along that's bitchin-worthy - it always does!

XO-B

desert dirt diva said...

way to go, if you had any doubts about you workin skills well i hope now you have better ones, you rock!

desert dirt diva said...

way to go, if you had any doubts about you workin skills well i hope now you have better ones, you rock!

Cheryl said...

Great news, girlfriend. Ask and ye shall receive. You did and it happened. Joy! More money. A step in the right direction. Next you have to let them know you want to be boss :))

Golden To Silver Val said...

I'm just so happy for you I can't even think of what to say that hasn't already been said by the others! How awesome is this? You know its the truth...my mom always did say that when one door closes, another one opens and by God...its true! I'm guilty of the same thing...I've bitched (in my mind) about this little job I have, that was a gift from God right when I needed it. There are some mornings I just HATE going out but once I get there, I'm ok. What you said is the truth...I do like the job and I like the interaction with the people. Its hard to go to work every day when you get older though...you just want to stay home and do your own thing. I'm so very very happy that this company recognizes how lucky they are to have you. ATTA GIRL, Jamie! You deserve every penny they are giving you. Big hugs....xxoo

Leann said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Wow, congrats on the raise. It sounds like God make the timing just right for the talk with the boss too. Surprising what happens when we give up control and actually listen :-)

Have a wonderful day!

Steph said...

hello mrs jamie! just catching up on the week of posts- o girl i laughed, i cryed, and i sat on the edge of my seat for some of it :D o by the way im stealing some of the songs for my playlist, hints(Mack the Knife,chasing pavements)loved them! and id like to say i like the fact that mark will only be doors away from you. so if you need him hes near by for ya but still you have your own space-i find this comforting. Congrats on the raise! so happy and proud of ya! And i love how although even when i dont talk to ya i still get my daily lessons from you. Should have read this yesterday. well ive writen a book so im done. ttyl LOVE YA XOXO